My bus. partner and I are headed up to NYC for a fact finding mission before opening a modern asian dim sum lounge in Chapel Hill, NC. Having eaten my way through SF and Hong Kong, I'm not so much looking for another hole in the wall with good dumplings. I'm looking for a place with polish, clean lines, great drinks, and, of course, good food. As lame as it sounds, the food isn't as important as the rest, since this trip is about scenes and interesting hooks.
It doesn't need to be Chinese either.